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“Verti-can City” speculates a hypothetical future of which Vatican City – the smallest country in the world, deals with increasing world population and responded by accepting more citizenship. Due to limited landmass, it resorted to grow vertically around the iconic St. Peter Square, embracing its landmark potential and great civic gesture. Colonnades flanking two sides of the Square become towers of living spaces, framing St. Peter Cathedral at the centre with the Square turning into community living room. As densification swept across the once rather horizontally planned Vatican City, it inevitably changes its scale and turned into a “vertical city”.

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